In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

#34 – Don’t Share That Meme w/ Leslie Hahner and Heather Woods

April 5, 2019

The far-right has effectively used memes, or meme magic, or memetic warfare (the list goes on) to subversively push a far-right ideology on otherwise normal people. What are the consequences of this and how do we fight back?

Memes are in an of themselves not bad. But when harnessed by harmful actors, they can be incredibly dangerous.

To discuss memes and how the far-right has weaponized them, I was joined by Dr. Heather Suzanne Woods from Kansas State University and Leslie A. Hahner from Baylor University to talk about their book Make America Meme Again: The Rhetoric of the Alt-Right.

We talked about how memes have created a new universal way of communicating between online communities, how the far-right has weaponized memes, how people go from sharing memes to marching in white supremacist rallies and whether the left can hope to match this new way of communicating.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.

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